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Born again – Part 29

By Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
26 September 2021   |   2:28 am
The baptism in the Spirit is initiation into the Spirit’s fullness, prophetic activity and supernatural gifts for a lifetime of witnessing for Christ in power.

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

(10) The baptism in the Spirit is initiation into the Spirit’s fullness, prophetic activity and supernatural gifts for a lifetime of witnessing for Christ in power. Thus, it occurs only once in a believer’s life. The Bible teaches that there may be new fillings with the Holy Spirit after the believer has been baptised in the Spirit (see Acts 4:31; cf. 2:4; 4:8, 31; 13:9; Eph 5:18). Thus, the baptism in the Spirit brings the believer into a relationship with the Spirit that is to be renewed (Acts 4:31) and maintained (Eph 5:18)

What happens if a BA person returns to a sinful lifestyle?
Note very carefully that if you are stubborn and return to a sinful lifestyle, (backsliding), God will simply take away His Spirit from you as He did to Saul (1 Sam 15:23; 16:14). The Spirit of God cannot co-habit with that of Satan (1 Cor 10:21; Eph 2:1-3). Once God takes His HS from you, you are on your own, as you are no longer a Christian. You become a victim of demonic spirit like Saul.

Saul’s story teaches us that (1) God wants obedience from the heart, and not mere acts of religious ritual (2) Obedience always involves sacrifice, but sacrifice is not always obedience (3) God wants to make use of our strengths and weaknesses. (4) Weaknesses should help us remember our need for God’s guidance and help.
Saul’s story is told in 1 Sam 9-31. He is also mentioned in Acts 13:21

• When David committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah, and was confronted by Prophet Nathan, David instantly repented of his sins and pleaded for God not to take away His Spirit from him (Ps 51:11)

David’s story teaches us that (1) Willingness to honestly admit our mistakes is the first step in dealing with them. (2) Forgiveness does not remove the consequences of sin (2 Sam 12:10-14). The predictions in these verses came true. Because David murdered Uriah and stole his wife, (a) murder was a constant threat in his family (13:26-30; 18:14, 15; 1 Kings 2:23-25); (b) his household rebelled against him (15:13); (c) his wives were given to another in public view (16:20-23); (d) his first child by Bathsheba died (12:18). If David had known the painful consequences of his sin, he might not have pursued the pleasures of the moment. Remember that the consequences of your actions reach farther and deeper than you can ever foresee. Because sin has consequences, God has set up moral guidelines to help us avoid sin in the first place. Be careful to do what God says.
(3) God greatly desires our complete trust and worship.

David’s story is told in 1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2. He is also mentioned in Amos 6:5; Mat 1:1,6; 22:43-45; Luke 1:32; Acts 13:22; Rom 1:3; Heb 11:32
Life Of David Versus Life Of Saul

Life of David: David was God’s kind of king (2Samuel 7:8-16); David was a man after God’s heart (Acts13: 22); David’s kingship was eternal through Jesus (2Samuel 7:29); David was kind and benevolent (2Samuel 9; 1Chronicles 19:2); David was forgiving (1Samuel 26); David repented (2 Samuel 12:13; 24:10); David was courageous (1Samuel 17; 1Chronicles 18); David was at peace with God (Psalms 4:8; 37:11).

Life of Saul: Saul was man’s kind of king (1Samuel 10:23, 24); Saul was a man after people’s praise (1Samuel 18:6-8); Saul’s kingship was rejected (1Samuel15: 23); Saul was cruel (1Samuel 20:30-34; 22:11-19); Saul was unforgiving (1Samuel 14:44; 18:9); When confronted, Saul lied (1Samuel15: 10-31); Saul was fearful (1Samuel 17:11; 18:12); Saul was separated from God (1Samuel 16:14). Mobile: +234 803 344 6614; +234 808 123 7987

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